Government Bans Drop-Side Cribs after Numerous Infant Deaths, Recalls

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

December 23, 2010 - According to a report from the Sun Sentinel, after the death of more than 30 infants and toddlers, the U.S. government has now banned drop-side cribs. Many retailers however, already stopped selling these types of cribs due to their troubled history of child injuries and deaths.

In the past couple of years the baby product industry has mostly stopped manufacturing drop-side cribs. So the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recent decision to ban drop-side cribs may be a bit behind the times.

In the wake of drop-side crib recalls affecting millions of cribs, stationary side cribs have become virtually the only type sold in many retail stores. In fact, there has been more than 9 million drop-side crib recalls in the past 5 years.

The government's new ban will also prevent childcare centers and hotels from using drop-side cribs. However they will be given 1 year to purchase stationary cribs before incurring penalties.

Drop-side cribs have been known to malfunction because of hardware problems. The drop-side rail may detach, which creates a space between the mattress and side rail. A child's head can become trapped, resulting in strangulation or suffocation. 

Reports indicate that at least 32 infants and toddlers have died since 2000 related to drop-side cribs; however, there are 14 other deaths that may also be attributed to the use of these dangerous cribs.  

If your child has suffered injuries or death because of a drop-side crib or any other defective product, you should consult with a Clarksburg product liability attorney. A Clarksburg product liability attorney can help you file and defend your defective product claim to account for the expenses and other losses you may have suffered.

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